Got Coorged

Tripoto
23rd Oct 2015
Photo of Got Coorged by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Got Coorged by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Got Coorged by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Got Coorged by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Got Coorged by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Got Coorged by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Got Coorged by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Got Coorged by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Got Coorged by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Got Coorged by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Got Coorged by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Got Coorged by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Got Coorged by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Got Coorged by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Got Coorged by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Got Coorged by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Got Coorged by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Got Coorged by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Got Coorged by Abhay Kumar

Get Coorged. One of the best places to take a road trip to. We started early morning from Bengaluru for our destination Madikeri, the district center of Coorg(Kodagu district). Instead of taking the popular NH 275 via Mysore, we took the NH 48 route, and we were left mesmerized by the landscape through out the journey. Coorg is truly a gift of river Kaveri. The breathtaking river and the fertile landscape it creates is mesmerizing. 

On the way we stopped at a highway restaurant called Golden Breeze for refreshing cup of coffee and sumptuous breakfast. This is an apt place for taking a break if you are travelling with kids as it offers a play area for the kids. 

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The NH 48 highway is delight to drive on. We found several places where the river Kaveri created a surreal landscape. On way we took many stops to enjoy the abundance of nature and magnificent vistas of green all around.

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We reached Madikeri in the evening. The Dussehra festival celebration was on and all the temples in the town were decorated beautifully. We planed to spend out time at Raja's seat and enjoy the sunset. However due to cloud we couldn't really see the sun set. The hues of sun setting painted the sky in beautiful colors.

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Next day we started out for Dubare Elephant Camp. Once again we didn't take the popular route NH 275, instead we took the Chettalli Rd. This route has the famous Tata Coffee plantation and offers great drive. On way we found waterfalls and plantation with literally zero tourist to bother us. 

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Dubare elephant camp is a wonderful initiative by the government to allow nature lovers get up close and personal with the Elephants. If you get there in the morning you can give a bath to the gentle giants and enjoy the pristine beauty of the place created by River Kaveri. You can take boat ride to the camp or you can cross the river by Walking across from points where the water level is shallow.

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Our next stop was Kaveri Nisargadhama is an island formed by river Kaveri near Kushalnagar. The island is accessible through a hanging rope bridge. There are deer, rabbits, peacocks, and a children's playground as well as an orchidarium.

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After spending time at Nisargadhama we went to Bylakuppe. Bylakuppe is one of the largest settlement of Tibetans outside Tibet. Bylakuppe has The Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery (or Thekchog Namdrol Shedrub Dargye Ling) is the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. The Monastery is a major draw for tourist. There are several Tibetans store that sell a lot of goodies like prayer flags, bell, chimes etc. that you can carry back home for memory. There a Buddha cafe that offer great coffee and baked goodies. Spend time sipping coffee and watching football matches with the monks. 

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We traveled back to Madikeri for the night stay. Early morning was the perfect time to roam around a capture the sleeping beauty. Prefect blue sky, chirping birds and cool breeze makes you feel fresh and young. We decided to visit Abbey fall. The river is part of the early reaches of the river Kaveri. Flow is much higher during the monsoon season. The waterfall is located between private coffee plantations with stocky coffee bushes and spice estates with trees entwined with pepper vines. A hanging bridge constructed just opposite the falls. There is a Kali Mata temple on one side of the bridge. From Madikeri the falls are accessible by a narrow road to the coffee estate. A path through coffee and cardamom plantations leads to the waterfalls. The roar of the falls can be heard from the road.

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The splendor of Coorg and the memories of the place will sure make me travel once again to the magical place. Get Coorged, and don't forget to buy the Coord wildlife stickers for your cars and bikes. Gift the Tibetan prayer flags and inspire others to travel to this magnificent land of Kodavas.

Madikeri was formerly known as Muddu raja keri. Muddurajakeri which means Mudduraja's town, was named after the prominent Haleri king, Mudduraja who ruled Kodagu from 1633 to 1687. The town is nestled on hills and is the center of Coorg district. If you want to explore Coorg then this is the place to stay as all the famous place can be easily accessed from this town. Raja's seat is the apt place to enjoy the sun rise and the sun set. Madikeri has a lot of history to show case. The place has several home stays with perfect host. An apt place to get lost.
Photo of Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Abhay Kumar
Dubare Elephant camp is a project undertaken by forest department and Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd. This camp has plenty of elephants which are trained under naturalists A trained Naturalist is at hand to explain the various aspects of Elephant history, ecology and biology. The visitor can not only observe and learn but also participate in various activities involving Elephants.
Photo of Dubare Elephant Camp, Karadigodu, Karnataka, India by Abhay Kumar
Bylakuppe is an area in Karnataka which is home to the Indian town Bylakuppe and several Tibetan settlements (there are several Tibetan settlements in India), established by Lugsum Samdupling (in 1961) and Dickyi Larsoe (in 1969). The twin (Indian) town Kushalanagar is about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from Bylakuppe. It also shares the border with Eastern part of Coorg district.
Photo of Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India by Abhay Kumar
Coorg, Kodagu also known as Kodava Nadu, is an administrative district in Karnataka, India. Agriculture is the most important factor that upholds the economy of Kodagu and the main crops cultivated in this region are rice and coffee. Coorg is rich in natural resources which included timber and spices. Kodagu is rated as one of the top hill station destinations in India. Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Kodagu include Talakaveri, Bhagamandala, Nisargadhama, Abbey Falls, Dubare, Nagarahole National Park, Iruppu Falls, and the Tibetan Buddhist Golden Temple. Talakaveri is the place where the River Kaveri originates. The temple on the riverbanks here is dedicated to lord Brahma, and is one of only two temples dedicated to Brahma in India and Southeast Asia.
Photo of Coorg, Karnataka, India by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Coorg, Karnataka, India by Abhay Kumar
Kaveri Nisargadhama is an island formed by river Kaveri near Kushalnagar in the district of Kodagu, Karnataka. It is approximately 3 km (1.9 mi) from Kushalanagara, off the State Highway and 30 km (19 mi) from Madikeri and 95 km (59 mi) from Mysore. It is a holiday destination in Karnataka. It is a 64-acre (260,000 m2) island, with lush foliage of thick bamboo groves, sandalwood and teak trees. The island is accessible through a hanging rope bridge. There are deer, rabbits, peacocks, and a children's playground as well as an orchidarium. Nisargadhama Hanging Bridge Visitors are allowed to get into water at a few shallow and safe points along the river. Elephant rides and boating are some of the other attractions. It also has a forest department-run guest house and treetop bamboo cottages.
Photo of Nisargadhama, Kodagu, Karnataka, India by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Nisargadhama, Kodagu, Karnataka, India by Abhay Kumar
Photo of Nisargadhama, Kodagu, Karnataka, India by Abhay Kumar
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Beautiful Abhay.. Even I visited Coorg a while ago.. Last weekend I went to Udupi.. May be you should try Udupi now. See my blog.. :)
Mon 01 04 16, 06:02 · Reply (1) · Report
Thanks Vivek, for the next trip will surely consider Udupi
Thu 01 07 16, 10:52 · Report